The transfer ban currently hanging over Chelsea’s head has severely complicated things for the west London club.
The Stamford Bridge hierarchy have no idea how they should approach the summer, leaving players such as Willian in limbo.
The Brazilian, who has been a key individual for Maurizio Sarri, is approaching the final year of his contract and has admitted he is unsure whether he will be offered a new deal.
“I don’t know if they want me, but of course I want to continue here,” Willian was quoted as saying by The Sun. “This club is very special to me. I won titles here, I have the affection from the fans and from the people that work in the club.”
With that in mind, should the 30-year-old end up getting the extension he is hoping for instead of being sold, here are two potential consequences that could follow.
Less Game Time For Christian Pulisic And Callum Hudson-Odoi
Eden Hazard’s possible departure to Real Madrid (Telegraph) could open up some doors at Chelsea next season.
However, given how Sarri has stayed loyal to Willian and Pedro during periods where they have not been great, it is hard to see Callum Hudson-Odoi getting regular minutes in the Premier League.
Hudson-Odoi’s struggle to break into Chelsea’s league XI has been well-documented, and Sarri’s trust in Willian could so easily see a similar theme continue in the next campaign should the Brazil international remain at Stamford Bridge, which would definitely annoy the youngster even more.
Lack Of Goals
Under Sarri, Chelsea’s main problem has been finding the back of the net. The Blues have scored the least amount goals out of the Premier League top six with Willian, simply put, not doing enough to help his team in that department.
In 27 appearances, the former Shakhtar Donetsk winger has only scored on three occasions. A poor return to go with previous seasons where he has often struggled to come anywhere close to reaching double figures.
There are no guarantees that the likes of Pulisic and Hudson-Odoi are going to start doing Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane numbers if they get the nod ahead of Willian and Pedro.
But at 20 and 18, considering their natural talent, the potential is there for the two to be moulded into better goalscorers than a 30-year-old Willian who has probably peaked in almost every area.
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